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Unread 05-10-2004, 07:27 AM   #1
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Radomizing boxes of tile

Whats the best way to randomize 14 boxes of porcelain tile (India slate look alike)?

What effect am I trying to prevent from occurring?

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Unread 05-10-2004, 08:50 AM   #2
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Hello Again Peter

After tiling one bathroom with the same couple of boxes of marble tile we realized that any distinguishing marks or veins in the tile, run true throughout the box. In fact, we recognized it on the same pallet.

Learning out lesson slowly we then sorted about 5 pallets and started mixing up the tile so that those with a slight mark on the left were mixed with those with marks on the right, center etc, etc, etc. The end result (2,400sq. ft.) looks great and no one area (except the original bathroom) have all of the marks in one area of the floor.

Hope this makes sense.

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Unread 05-10-2004, 09:15 AM   #3
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I am thinking of spreading out the 200 sq ft of tile in the spare bedroom. Each box of tile being is own row. The as I lay tile in the sun room, grab one tile from each row (box) in order to randomize.

Sound plausible?

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That is exactly what we did Peter except to avoid all the bending we set up a strong plywood table and did it that way. You also may find a few tiles that are chipped or just plain weird in some other way. We saved those in a seperate pile and used them in the closets.
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Very good ideas and well stated I my add. The only thing of value maybe I could add is: Begin to check each porcelain tile for flatness and if they are warped, git them out of there. Put them down on a flat surface, glass maybe, checking for "rockers".

I'm not necessarily saying, check every single tile in the entire lot, but begin by checking each and every one out of a case or two just to see if there is a propensity for warpage with your particular line or series. If OK, maybe spot check other cases.
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Don't go overboard trying to achieve randomness. That will result in a pattern.
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Yea, you gotta watch out for them random patterns...they can drive you crazy trying to figure them out.
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That would be a random pattern would it?

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No. That would be a pattern of randomness.
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This forum exhibits a pattern of randomness. Potentially, it is a serial randomizer, with some members more so than others.
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Dear Abby

My husband is driving me crazy. He insists upon randomizing all of my random patterns. I much prefer the more parochial non-randomized random pattern approach. This has caused much strife in my life and our marriage.

What shal I do?

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Dear Patternless Peggy,

So, the nuns did a number on your phyche, no? Well, never mind, dear. Just ask yourself "Would I be better off my randomizing husband, or without my mind?" You'll be surprised at your answer. Now hush your whinning, and get back to scrambling those boxes!

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Unread 05-10-2004, 10:45 PM   #13
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Dear Abby.

OK...your right as usual. Phew, that was close. I was ready to leave my husband in Pittsburg and take off with my porcelain on a plane to Peoria where I could place my purdy patternless porcy's in peace.




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Unread 05-10-2004, 11:13 PM   #14
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There's no real need to lay out all of the tile. You can just open the tops of the cases and take one each from 7 cases to achive a random enough mix. It's called a "shuffle, oddly enough, and I don't set any stone at all without doing it. If it's a manufactued product, the variety is usually factored into each case at the production line.
One other point to make though is that you want to keep whatever "grain" might have been stamped or colored into the tile running in the same direction. After each set of five tile or so, sit back and look to make sure your "grain" is lined up. If it's not, you can slide the blade of a trowel under the edge to lift it up and spin it around.
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